The Natural Minor Scale
The minor scale appears frequently in popular music. There are actually
three different minor scales: natural, harmonic, and melodic. These three
scales differ slightly in their pattern of half and whole steps.
All three minor scales have seven different notes and therefore have seven modes.
The natural minor scale has the same pattern of half and whole steps
as the major scale, but it starts on the sixth note of the major scale.
Therefore, all the modes are the same, but the root and fifth appear
in different places.
The names and formations of the modes are found on the pages below. Once you
learn how to form each mode, you can put it all together so you know
where every note in the scale is on the fretboard. This is probably
the most powerful use of scales. Make sure to go through these
pages in order, because they build on each other. Good luck, remember to have fun, and
keep playin' ! If you have any questions,
My Scale Notation
how to read all my scale charts
Half and Whole Steps
information necessary for learning scales
Which Scales Should I Learn?
this page outlines the important scales for a few
main genres of music
What Are Modes?
a definition of modes for guitarists
Playing Scales: Fretting and Picking
get the most out of your hands while playing scales
Information on Keys
how do you know what key a song is in?
check out this page for help
Which Scales Can I Play?
you have a chord progression in G, but what scales and what
modes can you play over it?
scales don't have to be boring; here are some suggestions
so you learn them, not learn to hate them
Translating Scales and Modes Into Any Key
I showed you the modes in G or Em, so learn how to
play them in ANY key
how to make learning minor scales easier: the relatedness of
major and minor scales
The Natural Minor Scale
pattern of half and whole steps
The Aeolian Mode
the basic scale: the first mode
The Locrian Mode
the second mode
The Ionian Mode
the third mode; also the relative major scale
The Dorian Mode
the fourth mode
The Phrygian Mode
the fifth mode
The Lydian Mode
the sixth mode
The Mixolydian Mode
the seventh mode
The Natural Minor Key
putting it all together
Natural Minor RealAudio Chord Progressions
practice soloing with the natural minor scale using these RA files
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